Saab 96 V4 (1967 – 1980) Review

Saab 96 V4 (1967 – 1980) At A Glance


+Great styling, excellent dynamics and performance for its engine capacity

-Freewheel is a bit disconcerting to the unintiated, V4 is rough

It’s difficult not to conclude that the way to produce a car to stay in production for a very long time is to build in individual looking and innovative car. That’s precisely what Saab did with the 96. In 1967, the charismatic two-stroke engine was replaced by a 65bhp 1498cc V4 and front disc brakes were fitted as standard.

After that the only major updates were a new dashboard in 1971, the fitment of impact absorbing bumpers in 1975, and a quiet run to 1980 when it was phased out. The first V4 engines produced 55bhp and 65bhp from 1967-1980. The car managed 0–60mph in 16 seconds. The two-stroke option continued into 1968.